Another The Walking Dead game is in the works, this time for the PSVR, and fans are cautiously optimistic about how well it will turn out. As fans of both this show and other franchises know, attempts to create meaningful, enjoyable gaming experiences from films and shows sometimes fall flat, as some of the previous attempts in The Walking Dead series have shown.
Hopefully, this will be different. The Walking Dead: Onslaught is already quite a tantalizing idea because of its use of VR, which has been used in other games of the survival horror genre to great effect, as seen with Resident Evil 7. While these are not the same in terms of gameplay, the idea of dark spaces and zombies filling one’s field of vision is a promising proposal.
The game is made in collaboration between AMC and Survios, the developer responsible for the well-received and enjoyable Creed: Rise to Glory. As a first step, it is comforting to know that the developer has not only experience with PS VR technology, but that they also have released something noteworthy only recently.
A strong selling point for long-time fans is that several main characters from the show will be featured, and possibly playable. No word as of yet regarding who will be providing the voices for the characters, but it would be fantastic to see the actors lend their voices to the characters they have put so much of themselves into over the years.
The gameplay is, as expected for a VR title, going to be oriented towards first-person perspective, with what Survios describes as “visceral real-motion melee and ranged combat, player progression and a full campaign mode."
The game has a tentative launch window of Fall 2019. With the eventual announcement and launch of the tentatively named PS5, players can rest easy in purchasing games for their PS4, as the new system has been confirmed to be backwards compatible and support the current iteration of the PS VR.
As for some of those previously mentioned duds, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct from 2011 is probably the worst of them. If Survios can stick the landing as it did with Creed, players may be in for a fantastic game.